Debra A.


Debra A.

Tutor

Glenview, IL 60025

Will travel 3 miles

$50 per hour.

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Reading Teacher/RTI

I have taught for 23 years in the field of Education, including as an RTI interventionist. I am current in all aspects of testing, and also have extensive training in the current common core curriculum. I have had extensive training in the Peer Assisted Learning Strategy program or (PALS), Jolly Phonics with emphasis on letter sounds, and phonics, Read Naturally with emphasis on comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary, plus Explode The Code which also focuses on reading, phonics, and comprehe... [more]


Vocabulary

Vocabulary usage is all the words known and used by individuals. Vocabulary can be either productive or receptive depending on the students and their background. Receptive vocabulary comprises words that are understood. Productive vocabulary refers to words used in context, where the individuals are able to match the intended meaning. The types of vocabulary needed for success are, reading vocabulary, listening vocabulary, speaking, and writing.


Grammar

Grammar is the foundation and ability to express ourselves. The more we are aware of how it works, the more we can monitor the meaning, and effectiveness of language learners. Grammar is necessary for writing, as you must be able to write grammatically so teachers as well as parents can understand what you are thinking. Grammar is basically a set of rules composing clauses, and phrases in a natural language. The term refers to the field of phonology and phonetics.


Reading

I have worked as the RTI specialist for the last 6 years. My responsibility was to introduce reading programs focusing on phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and phonemic awareness. With the introduction of the common core all students regardless of grade level will have to meet the goals introduced in the core. I have used Read Naturally, Recipe for Reading for comprehension, Jolly Phonics, and Explode The Code for phonemic development.


Writing

Today, many students rely on technology to convey their thoughts. Writing is a method of representing language in a visual or tactile form. Students today can easily type on a computer, but it is necessary to be able to express their thoughts through meaningful letters or characters that constitute readable matter. Writing should be straightforward, and accessible.


Elementary Math


Elementary (K-6th)

My undergraduate degree is in education, with a minor in special education. My Master's is in education and curriculum. I have taught for the last 15 years in a K-8 building. I began in special education with an emphasis on reading and math. I also have an extensive background in all the reading programs including Read Naturally, Peer Assisted Learning Strategies Jolly Phonics, Word Warm Ups Versa-Tiles and many other programs focusing on comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.


Phonics

Phonics plays a very important role when it comes to reading. Students should be well grounded in phonics, the ability to make sounds, and blend words together. They should have a background in phonemic awareness, segmenting, and an introduction to new words. Sounds and words focus on phonological awareness and decoding skills. Students also should be able to identify sight words, and should be able to read words in connected text. I have taught for 23 years in the field of Education, including as an RTI interventionist.


ADHD

My educational background speaks for itself. I am certified in special education and have worked with ADD/ADHD students in all academic areas with my primary focus in reading and phonics. You must have extreme understanding of this type of disability, and realize they take information in differently and process things slower.


Dyslexia

Dyslexia has been around for a very long time and has been treated in many different ways. As a teacher who has been in special education for over 15 years I have dealt with many learning disabilities, and dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that is becoming more and more pervasive in the classrooms. It effects the ability to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols that are associated with reading.If we feel a student has dyslexia many times we will have them listen to books on a CD while I am doing the reading. Often we will let them do some of their work on the keyboard, and I allow them to go to a quiet place to work. My middle school students have done research on author's who have dyslexia such as Dav Pilkey who has written Captain Underpants books, as well as Scott Adams who illustrates Dilbert. With the support I give to my students they will become great readers.